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The National Unity Platform (NUP) party president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine. COURTESY PHOTO

Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has petitioned the Supreme Court to order for reelection insisting that he was not convinced about the victory of incumbent Museveni.

The National Unity Platform (NUP) party president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has petitioned the Supreme Court to order for reelection insisting that he was not convinced about the incumbent’s President Museveni victory in the just-concluded elections.

Last week, the Electoral Commission redeclared Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa as the winner of the January 14 presidential polls claiming victory over 10 other aspirants.

In a statement, Justice Simon Byabakama the EC chairperson said that Museveni got 6,042898 votes representing 58.38% from 5,851,037 votes (58.64%) while Kyagulanyi came second with 35.08% from 3631437 votes.

The Commission chairperson also stressed that results from 83 polling stations with a total of 54,357 registered voters were not part of the final tally due to allegations of ballot stuffing.

However, Kyagulanyi who has since January 14 referred to the results from the polls as fake on Monday rushed to Court to challenge the incumbent’s victory.

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In his appeal to court, Kyagulanyi through his lawyers rendered the election invalid and void because it was not held in a manner that was fair to all candidates. 

The NUP leader was first to remind the court that his campaigns were marred with brutality from the police and security personnel yet the incumbent was allowed to move freely.

 “The election was invalid on grounds that it was not conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in the provision of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, the Presidential Elections Act and the Electoral Commission Act,” Kyagulanyi’s petition read in part.

Also, he said that despite clearance from the EC authorities for him to stage his campaigns, the police kept on preventing him access to some districts. The NUP leader through his leaders therefore told the court that this rendered the election unfair.

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The National Unity Platform (NUP) party president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine. COURTESY PHOTO

Wine who remains optimistic that he won the polls further disclosed that based on the information they have written on various declaration forms, it is also evident that the election results were miscalculated.

“Contrary to section 3 and 2 of the Presidential Elections Act, officers of the Uganda Police Force and the UPDF on several occasions and in several parts of the country prevented the petitioner from carrying out his nationwide consultations in preparation for his nomination as a presidential candidate,” the letter read further.

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“Contrary to articles 1, 8A, 20(2), 28, 29,38 and 43 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda , the Presidential Elections Act and the Electoral Commission Act, through a press statement dated December 26,2020 the second respondent(Electoral Commission) arbitrarily, irrationally and indefinitely banned election campaign meetings in Kampala capital city, districts and cities of Jinja,Kabale, Kalungu, Masaka, Tororo, Luweero, Wakiso , greater Mukono,Mbarara, Kabarole, Kasese and Kazo thereby frustrating the petitioner’s right to associate, assemble and interface with the electorate.”